Skin sensors provide insights into how to treat Parkinson’s

A University of Rochester research team is using wearable sensors to indicate the best individualized treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Bernadette Mroz suffers from Parkinson’s. When her medication isn’t working, it makes it hard for her to function. “My world goes into a spin cycle. I cannot function mentally, emotionally or physically,” said Mroz in a

The stem cell ‘skin gun’ that’s aiming to disrupt wound care

RenovaCare’s SkinGun uses a patient’s own stem cells to heal their wounds faster and more efficiently than a traditional skin graft. Pennsylvania state police officer Matthew Uram suffered severe second-degree burns to his face, right arm and leg after a friend’s bonfire got out of control. Uram was facing months of painful skin grafts, the

How to make ultrasound zap tumors in a moving organ

Researchers led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing think they’ve overcome the challenges standing in the way of using ultrasound to kill cancer tumors in organs that move with breathing. Until now, health practitioners have mostly limited ultrasound to treating prostate cancer, bone metastases and uterine myoma, according to the Fraunhofer Institute (Bremen, Germany). Organs

Failure to thrive: Lessons learned from medtech innovations that missed the mark

Some of the medical device industry’s most heralded disruptors wound up being its biggest failures. Here’s what we can learn from their mistakes. Fink Densford, Associate Editor No one in medtech sets out to fail. No one invests in building a device believing that, despite years of research and development, it won’t make the cut.

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These new electronic glasses allow the legally blind to see

Toronto-based eSight Corp. has launched a pair of electronic glasses that allow the legally blind to see. The eSight3 glasses use high-tech image processing to give those who are legally blind the chance to experience what it is like to have 20/20 vision. Users can control a variety of functions that are important for vision,

Healthcare robots: 5 ways they are getting even better

Think robots and healthcare, and surgical robotics often comes to mind. But there are so many other ways that robotics is transforming modern health settings. In addition to revolutionizing surgery, researchers and companies have explored robots for hospital logistics, disinfecting, nursing, exoskeletons for rehabilitation, and prosthetic limbs. A recent research report by Tractica predicts that the

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7 wearable medtech companies from the Wearable Technology Show

Updated March 10, 2017 Wearable devices aren’t going anywhere anytime soon in the world of medtech. The Wearable Technology Show 2017 took place March 7 and March 8 at the ExCel in London, offering a chance to check out some of the latest wearable devices. Digital health technology, smart textiles and sensors, and augmented reality

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Trump calls for speedier approval process, while Sanders takes aim at drug prices

In his 1st address to Congress, President Donald Trump called for speeding up drug approvals within the FDA. Earlier that day, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) proposed a bill to allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada in the hopes of lowering drug prices. The new administration has been critical of drug prices, with Trump saying that

This ingestible sensor is powered by stomach acid

MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers have announced an ingestible device innovation: a small voltaic cell that can withstand the acidity of fluids in the stomach and still transmit information to a base station. The small device can stay in the gastrointestinal tract for long periods of time and can produce enough power to

MedCrypt and QuiO partner to protect devices from cyberattacks

MedCrypt and QuiO have announced an integration partnership for a set of cloud-connected injection devices known as the Smartinjector devices to provide safe data transfers of patient prescriptions and injections. OuiO will receive software security with this partnership for its Si One, for specialty drugs, and Si Pen, for diabetes patients. MedCrypt’s software will be

5 mistakes found in cloud-connected medical devices

Cloud-connected medical technology will have a significant impact on the healthcare system. Network-connected medical devices create a world of instant information, warns Dana Good, senior software engineer at Stratos Product Development. For example, she said, “an alert from a patient’s insulin pump, heart monitor or fall detector can be quickly relayed to a physician or

Viveve Medical reports success treating vaginal laxity

Viveve Medical recently published the results of a clinical study of its Viveve I treatment in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, showing that women who received the treatment reported being more likely to have no vaginal laxity. The Viveve Treatment of the Vaginal Introitus to Evaluate Efficacy study is one of the first studies to

How virtual and mixed reality are changing drug delivery and device design

Kai Worrell believes that virtual and mixed reality may change the way companies design medical devices, and he’s putting that idea into practice. “We think it’s going to transform the way we do feasibility testing and cognitive walk-through simulations,” he said. “We think it’s going to help us understand the cognition of our users, clinical

Hill-Rom enhances surgical solutions portfolio with launch of mobile surgical table

In response to hospitals’ need to equip operating rooms with quality medical devices at a reasonable cost, Hill-Rom designed and developed the new TruSystem 3000 Mobile Operating Table. The introduction of this surgical table enhances the Hill-Rom Surgical Solutions product portfolio by providing a cost-effective, reliable and flexible operating table. The TruSystem 3000 Mobile Operating

Konica Minolta’s new ultrasound system includes intuitive navigation

Konica Minolta Healthcare today announced the launch of its J5 Ultrasound System, a portable system with touch-screen intuitive navigation that it claims produces high-quality real-time images of the musculoskeletal (MSK) system. The new technology delivers the workflow benefits and diagnostic accuracy required to make critical point-of-care decisions during MSK evaluations. “The J5 release highlights our